Toy Cameras!

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by mediumformatphoto, Mar 18, 2003.

  1. mediumformatphoto

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    I'm going to the opening of the new William Wegman exhibit in DC tonight and I'm going to take candids with my newly acquired "Windsor" plastic camera -- exactly the same as Diana except for name.

    Since I've yet to shoot a roll with it, I'll just experiment at this event. I plan to shoot Delta 3200 and maybe even a roll slide film just to see how it comes out.

    Yesterday my wife opened the box for the Windsor camera, took one look and said, "I hope you didn't pay more than $5 for this crappy camera!"
     
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    Where in DC is the Wegman opening?
     
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    UPDATE:

    Sorry I didn't see your request later yesterday! The Wegman opening and exhibit are at the David Adamson Gallery on 7th St. NW just a couple doors down from Olsson's Books and Records.

    I went to the opening as planned -- Wegman did not show up in the first hour while I was there. However, the prints are stunning! If you have a chance to see this exhibit go, because it can show the amazing print quality that can be achieved through traditional methods.

    I shot a roll of Delta 3200 and a roll of Provia 100F. I'll have the Provia images later today. I must admit it was a thrill to slink around and take pictures with my Windsor 151. I shot both instant and bulb settings, often from the hip. Nobody seemed to pay much attention as they thought I must have been a "professional" of some kind.

    I'm excited to see the results and I will try to scan a couple of the best transparencies tonight and put them up in the gallery.
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    UPDATE #2:

    Well, I got my first set of Provia transparencies back from my Tuesday night shoot at the Wegman exhibit, and I must say I'm very surprised. Remember, these images were all made with my like-new Windsor #151 (exact Diana clone). It was the first time I used it.

    The transaprencies were shockingly sharp! Amazing that with a plastic lens, shooting handheld inside a gallery at bulb setting, and the images are sharp. What gives? No real vignetting to speak of, no real distorted edges/soft quality that I expected.

    Did I get the plastic camera that has a perfect lens???
     
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    a little sand paper over the front element and viola "not sharp".

    don't do that I was just joking.

    lee\c
     
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    Just leave it in a room full of smokers for a couple of weeks. You will be sure to get a nice coating of crud on the lens for that misty dramatic look.

    Every year for quite some time the pro communitee here in Calgary use to have a photo contest. The rules were simple, you could only use a Brownie or Instamatic type camera, no filters and one roll of film. Any subject matter. Images were printed on 8x10 paper and then we would have a wine and cheese night to judge the winners. You would be amazed at the phenominal images that came out of these little plastic cameras! We would just have to use the limitations of the camera as a creative element. To bad we don't do it anymore it sure was fun.

    I was a nice diversion from using our super sharp wiz bang whatevers.
     
  7. mediumformatphoto

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    [​IMG]

    OK, here are a couple shots from the Windsor taken on Provia, scanned by CanoScan D1230UF. Converted to B&W. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks,
    R.J.
     
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    don't see them??
     
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    </span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (EricR @ Mar 20 2003, 11:11 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> The rules were simple, you could only use a Brownie </td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
    Don't they call all 120 cameras Brownies in Japan?-)))